Friday, March 6, 2015

Five for Friday!

It's a double Friday week! Wednesday was technically Friday since we only had 3 days of school this week. Why? Because didn't use any of our snow days this year. THAT. NEVER. HAPPENS.

I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching to share 5 highlights from our short week.

We kicked off Monday with a birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss! Complete with none other than GREEN EGGS AND HAM!
Students graphed their answer to "Do you like green eggs and ham?" by placing a green egg with their name under the YES or NO. I don't have a final picture, but the results were16 YES to 1 NO.

Headbanz - Math Edition! My kids love to play Headbanz during free choice time. Which got my teacher brain a-thinkin'....

I modified it a bit...
Whoever is "it" closes their eyes while I take a number out of our hundred's chart. 

I clip it in their headband. Then, they call on other students to give them clues to help them guess their "mystery number".

 It's a great way to grow critical thinking skills and reinforce math vocabulary and concepts:
"Your number is the sum of 3 + 4."
"It's 2 more than 5." 
"It's 3 less than 10."

Be prepared for everyone wanting a turn.

We finished our literacy weather unit last month, but I didn't start our weather journals until the end of the unit. February weather around here is just.... well...LAME! Last year I started our journals earlier and every page was practically the same: "It is cold. It is cloudy. It is very cold. It is very, very, cold...."  *yawn*

This year, I'm hoping March weather has a little more diversity. 
You can get these adorable journals from Tessa Maguire's TpT Store.
Even though we don't write in our weather journals every day, we always check the weather using the Kid Weather App. It's amazing! Totally worth the $1.99. It's kid-friendly, interactive, and.... you can graph the weather each day!

What better way to invite spring... than to make the classroom look like spring!
Take down those snowflakes!

We first watercolored our Rhyming Rainbows then added rhyming raindrops.
(The original "pinspiration" came from The Virtual Vine.) 

I'm looking forward to spending my day off drinking coffee (in my P.J's of course) and reading ahead.

Elizabeth at Kickin' it in Kindergarten hosted the first linky of a blogging book study: Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites by Marcia L. Tate. My book margins are filling up as I glean ideas from so many amazing teachers! Come join us tomorrow as we link up with Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten to discuss learning outside of our classroom's walls- field trips!

After reading Chapter 2, I challenged myself to find a way to incorporate drawing and artwork into this week's literacy lesson. We started our plant unit by reading  Oak Trees by Melanie Mitchell.

The writing extension focus skill was steps in a process.

Research states that "drawing is a powerful way to develop the thought processes and perceptions of children", in addition to helping them "comprehend and encode new content for later recall" (Source: Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites by Marcia L. Tate)

We made a pamphlet style book by folding a piece of paper in thirds.
 I only had my students write one step in the process. (I've learned from previous years, that having them write ALL of the steps can be very overwhelming for some students. I plan to do several more "steps in a process" writing projects later on in the year. Eventually, they will write all of the steps themselves.)

Have a fantastic Friday!


  1. Hi Hannah,
    LOVE how you incorporated drawing this week! I'm also part of the book study. What a cute idea the headbands are! I'm going to keep that one around. See you tomorrow for the book study linky!
    Joya :)

  2. Thanks Joya! The book study has challenged me to find new ways to incorporate brain based strategies into any activity. I have a long way to go! Little by little :)

  3. Hanna, I LOVE the mystery number idea! How fun! I bet the kids have a ball with it. Love your blog! :)
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

  4. Thanks for the encouragement Carolyn!
    My kids do love playing the number mystery game (I'm going to have to make a list of who has and hasn't played since they ALL want a turn). Good problem to have!